I’m just back from Chicago! I spent 3 days here, that I believe are enough to visit everything without being in a rush, and it was amazing! It also holds the title as my favorite metropolitan city in the USA.
Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Today, the city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation, withO’Hare International Airport being the busiest airport in the world; it also has the largest number of U.S. highways and railroad freight entering its region. Chicago’s culture includes contributions to the visual arts, novels, film, theater, especially improvisational comedy, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, and the creation of house music. The city has many nicknames, among the most famous there are “Windy City” and “Second City.
WHERE TO SLEEP
For this travel I couchsurfed again and my hosts were really kind. They were a family, Nora and her parents. I had my own provate room and a shared bathrrom. The parents were really polite, we talked a lot and they gave me a ot of suggestions on where to eat and what to do. The house was also very close to the subway station. Here the link
I arrived around 10.00 in Chicago and I immediatly bought the Ventra Card with the “3days unlimited” fare for 25$ in total. I think it was a very good price because I used the metro a lot.
Also my check-in was in the evening and I didn’t want to carry all day long my luggage, so I went to Union Station, where there are some lockers, and I lef it there. I paid 12$ for about 4/5 hours and I think it was fair.
Lincoln Park – 2045 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park zoo (gratis) – 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Lincoln Park conservatory (gratis) – 2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614
The park is really nice and both zoo and conservatory are perfect to visit them in an afternoon/morning. They are not too big and very well done.
Walk along the entire coast
I happened to know that a girl from germany was going to alone in Chicago on the same days I was going to be there. So we met and visited:
Willis Tower (20$) – 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
The willis tower is faous for its transparent panoramic terraces and the beautiful Chicago’s view
Grant Park – 337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
Buckingham Fountain – 301 S Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
The loop is Chicago’s business and financial center and after wandering around its streets we went to visit Grant Park and Buckingham fountain that are close by. All three of them are worth a visit because they are really cool.
Millenium Park + The Bean- 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602
The bean which is Chicago’s symbol is located in the millenium park and you must go. Its dimensions are really impressive and has its own charm
Michigan Avenue: It is Chicago’s most famous avenue and a part of it is called magnificent mile because is full of malls, sucessful businesses, restaurants, luxury hotels, etc
Ohio Street Beach
Navy Pier – 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The pier was really nice, but unfortunately when we were there, end of may, all the attractions were closed
Cultural Center (gratis) – 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Chicago Theater – 175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601
Holy Name Cathedral – 730 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
It was part of our plan, but the weather was so bad that we had to give up.
I’ve been told the Aquarium and the Art Museum are really interesting and they are worth a visit, but I was out of time and for this vacation I decided to spend more time outside .
WHERE TO EAT
Dinner at Eataly
Lunch at Giordano’s to taste the typical deep dish pizza. Chicago most famous dish.
Anyway, in Chicago there are lots of restaurants and for any kind of cuisine so you only have to indulge your whims.
About this city I really liked the skyscrapers, how the old meet and fuse together with the new, the fact that you can find beaches, parks but in a minute you are completely immersed into the city’s life, that there are a lot of people, but it is not crowded, it is clean, it doesn’t smell bad, people are very active, that there are many restaurants, you don’t need a car to move around, the suburban area…
The only negative thing is that taxes are very high. 9.5% if I remember correctly.
p.s. It was windy for real!